Senate President Stephen Sweeney will look at a possible restriction on edible forms of marijuana in an attempt to win over legislators hesitant to vote... New Jersey Senate President exploring ‘restriction’ on legal weed edibles

Senate President Stephen Sweeney will look at a possible restriction on edible forms of marijuana in an attempt to win over legislators hesitant to vote for legal weed.

Sweeney, D-Gloucester, raised the concerns about edibles Tuesday during an editorial board meeting with the Asbury Park Press. Several Democrats had expressed concerns about cannabis-infused edibles that, if left unattended, could look appealing to a child.

In an attempt to win enough votes to pass a marijuana legalization bill, Sweeney said he was “actually looking at maybe restricting certain (edible) ones.” 

“Edibles, we have to look at,” Sweeney said. “Gummy bears? Kids can pick up a gummy bear. The thing we learned in Colorado (where recreational marijuana is legal) is about packaging. You have to make it unattractive to children.

“It’s not like a cereal box that’s all colorful with cartoon characters. It has to be very bland with nothing that makes someone say ‘that looks really cool, I want to try it,’” Sweeney said. “Kids eat gummy bears all the time. If you want to consume marijuana, I don’t think you need gummy bears. There’s other ways of ingesting marijuana.” [Read more at Asbury Park Press]

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